Egypt clears chemist of London links

Egypt has said that a detained chemist wanted by Britain for questioning over the London bombings has no links to the attacks or to al-Qaida.

    Al-Nashar has denied any connection to the London blasts

    Government spokesman Majdy Rady was quoted by Egypt's Middle East News agency as saying that a cabinet meeting on Tuesday reviewed an Interior Ministry report that "made clear that there is no link between Egyptian chemist Magdy El-Nashar with al-Qaida or the bombings".

    The semi-official newspaper al-Ahram quoted a senior security official on Tuesday as saying al-Nashar's innocence was revealed in questioning.

    "Through interrogations carried out by Egypt, the British side was assured that El-Nashar has no role in the explosions," the paper quoted the unidentified official as saying.

    Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told parliament he would meet the British ambassador in Cairo to discuss the latest developments in al-Nashar's case.

    Al-Nashar, who obtained a doctorate degree from Leeds University, was detained last week by Egyptian authorities at the request of the British government, which suspects that he had links to some of the four bombers, three of whom are from Leeds, in the north of England.

    Al-Nashar reportedly has denied involvement in the London bombings, and Egyptian security officials have said the country is not prepared to hand him over to Britain.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.